Dickerson will not seek another council termShe does seek reelection to the House; Kalloch back in the race
Rockland — Elizabeth Dickerson confirmed this week she is not running for reelection to the Rockland City Council, but she will seek another term in the Maine House.
Dickerson, a Democrat, is running for the District 93 seat serving Rockland and Owls Head.
In another development in that race, James Kalloch, R-Rockland, who had withdrawn from the race, has withdrawn his withdrawal. Kalloch will run against Dickerson for the seat in November.
Reached by phone, July 28, Kalloch said local Republicans convinced him to stay in the race and will help him with his campaign. He had planned to drop out because he did not think he would have time to campaign during the busy season for his business, Penobscot Ferry and Transport.
The Republicans have also tapped Ronald Bovasso of Camden to run against Rep. Joan Welsh, D-Rockport, for the District 94 House seat. Bovasso replaces Republican Carole Gartley, who withdrew from that race.
Independent Owen Casas of Rockport is also running in that race.
Rockland nomination papers
Nomination papers for Rockland's elected seats will be available Aug. 6 and are due by Sept. 22.
In addition to Dickerson, Councilor Eric Hebert's seat is up for election this year. He has not returned a phone call to say whether he will seek another term on the council.
To run for City Council, one must return nomination papers with no fewer than 100 signatures and no more than 150 signatures from Rockland residents.
The Regional School Unit 13 seat held by Carol Bachofner is up for election this year, as are the vacant election warden and ward clerk seats.
The Rockland Port District seat held by Richard Spear is also up for election this year.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.